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inviting them for dennis in the attorney for taft and felix frankfurter who had been worki working. we are pleased to have with us corey fields on to the complex elephant in the room the unexpected politics of african-american republicans. professor are you a republican? >> know i ano i am not.iv from the outside perspective. >> i would classify asas independent left-leaning but in a lot of ways it existed with my own politics and didn't really rise up to the surface in terms
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of getting people to talk to me but in some ways it actually made people more willing to open up like there was less return. so everybody knows everybody else. they've also created somebeing opportunities to. the idea grew out of an interest you wouldn't expect people like them to do and pursuing that
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more abstract line of thought like what is the case of somebody doing something you wouldn't expect them to do. with that, the idea was born. again the project itself didn't necessarily grow out of my policy. came to it as a little bit of ac outsider. what does that mean for someone like you doing something you're not supposed to do. >> what is the population in the u.s. and what percentage would you say?
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it's a little bit of a tv question in terms of hand raising and identifying depending on the survey that you can get, seven, 8% who would say i'm a republican but in regards to actually voting for ars republican candidate, the number is much smaller so there's a lot that would identify as a republican but doesn't represent my issues on policy or its just because of their rhetoric so you can identify as republican but
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don't actually vote as republican so in terms of identification say in any sort of national election, seven or 8%. >> donald's trump numbers were higher weren't they?li >> it was consistent with the last decade or so. >> it was unexpectedly high. it's not like the numbers represent some radical formulation.
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if anything it's just returning back to what it's always been. within the republican party i would look at those numbers and tow a positive story like there's an opportunity here that i wouldn't make much of it donald chump is going to make them feel hopeful. >> you write ten jim between the right to veto race blind and a. conscious is finding of the republican politics. >> it is on this idea that all black republicans are the same. one of the things in the book t
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they approached this in different ways so there's twoind strategies. one is like i'm black but that's not all i am. there is an alternative approach which is to say yes, i'm black but tension between the factiono
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so imagine you have these different groups. what is the mission and who should we be talking to when you have orientation. it's particularly with white republicans. they have different experiences. they have much more positive. the one group is getting a lot of attention and admiration and the other.
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between the two i think it's centered a lot of republicans. >> the professor of sociology at stanford university and to see the two is the area code, 748800, (202)748-8201 for those of the mountain and pacific what's belong with a call from lansing free michigan. >> caller: thank you all veryab much. do you think president trump will have much success. with immigration you might remember it was not officially a
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state of the union speeches he gave against illegal immigration whose son was murdered by an immigrant and from what i understand, to get negativelybyh affected and for the matter of legal immigration. >> it is an interesting issuegrn because effective immigration ia not as. i don't think it is reflectively a slamdunk issue.
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the challenge the administration will have is that it runs the risk of two different groups onu against another asking black voters to become comfortable with and accept their rhetoric and social policy that could be understood as being anti-immigrant or anti-latino. i think the way that it is going to happen is linking up through immigration with a specific things going on in the communi
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community. if it's going to work i don't think just leveraging thee throg network is going to be through another group of racial and ethnic minorities. >> list click here from mike ini willow creek. >> caller: one of the things that has always puzzled me is when you look at congress for instance, there is a black caucus that is comprised entirely of democrats even though there are black membersee in congress and will be in greater numbers. they seem to be put out of the discussion, ostracized if you will. why does that phenomenon occur? >> guest: in terms of the congressional black caucus, certainly republican members are welcome. i know there've been someecongre
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congressional republicans who have expressed an interest into. joining it but i know there have been members like republicans in the past and the door is certainly open and it's interesting to think about with something like the congressional black caucus to see you then as the coalition. i share your hope that this could be a context where people from both sides of the aisle cat come together with the experience. i wouldn't say that it's accurate to say that black republicans are excluded from the caucus at all. >> page 182 of your book, it seems that republican efforts
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have not hit their marks. i had occasion to interact with republicans on such efforts and they often displayed very little insight into the communities. >> i have to see if you must be one of the most surprising things they discovere that i din doing this research, that's probably it. i was struck by how little a lie what was going on among the african-american voters and even more distressingly, what was going on among the black republicans, so the white offica republican official. so there was a surprising numben of knowledge about this within the party let alone african-americans said the party might be tryin chugging as a reg
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out and creating more. this wasn't a frustration that i got impressed with the people i spoke to during my research so they would constantly report back they don't get it because they don't want to. they won't listen to us.te there's a lot of potential already within the party and the thinking through what messaging network. they are symbolic. it's going to be a challenge.
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it was surprising how little party officials knew who often? times what did you find out and can we get a look at your nose, no wait i'm here to interview you for information. >> host: hampton virginia please go ahead with your question or comment. >> caller: i want to make a comment. [inaudible] vendetta against the obama administration because of the policies.
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[inaudible] they started protesting to get out of nigeria and obama the supporter. t >> host: i think we got the idea and we can get an answer particularly if you would answer his question as well first generation.
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the beauty is higher in the initial immigration.o over time they tend to look more at the population as well but it could be one potential party. it's particularly the foreign relation issues. i also think that there is a potential in the party.
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it is to structure outreach and would require the republican party saying there is a concern about the state of people across the globe and that would bees great to it raises questions of what is the policy invitation to people at home. they have to be juxtaposed if you are treating them poorly at
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meeting their family and friends there was an element offpart of familiarity and it feels like being at home with my own family but there is something about the university on the theme. they are pretty liberal but it' sort of complicated like some
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stuff they can be pretty conservative about and liberal about the general is if yo feel like the party has not done a good job. >> host: good afternoon, stephen.
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there is a different experienceo and one of the things i wanted to do with the it's the relationship through the black identity. if you want to understand the w behavior, you have to understand what being black means and how
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they link back meaning to politics. the the absence of solidarity along the line is something that is a social achievement so itbe takes work. it doesn't just magicallyu happen. you can say it is important but that doesn't tell what it has ta look like.
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>> host: is this return for a general audience? >> guest: i wrote the book with the intent of hoping that anyone that is interested in the issues of politics could enjoyyw the book. are the african-americans that are attending the big mega- churches that tend to be more interracial, are they trending more republican than those that are associated with the other
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types of churches or methods?- >> one of the things i do talk o about is having exposure and contact to embrace a. it opens up the networks ofmorel
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social life but i did find that african-american republicans had their networks that tend to embrace an ideology.ting >> guest:.
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having to prove my loyalty all the time from my observation and continuing they lived to black churches and lived in black neighborhoods experienced segregation of others. >> black elephant in the room is the name of the book. professor corey fields is the author. to put it as simple as possible, the main theme of the
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book is it's not arguable at this point. people heard of the book capital for talkthat talks more about wt in any case, we have had a number of good reports, solid data documenting the redistribution of income and one of my favorites showed if you look at the bottom half of the income distribution, they basically got nothing since 1980. the point is you have had for decades that we have had substantial economic growth, innovation and a large share of the public that has almost nothing to show for it.
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the question is why is that, and i would say among the policy people watching, it just happe happens. that was globalization and technology. we might feel bad about it. i make a joke about this. we have those that feel bad about it and the conservatives say that's good. we want more. they see it as something that happened. the main point of my book is it's not something that happened, it's something we did. the areas are globalization, talking about the impact on the workers in the united states. second is the federal reserve board. you might think that it's a little bit wonky but the point is the federal board in the way his workers to attend the third, why do i care about the contents
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